REEVES, L. Earl (Age 92) Born August 26, 1920, in Clarkston, WA, Earl Reeves passed away in Spokane on April 19, 2013. He grew up in Clarkston and graduated from Clarkston High School where he was recognized as an outstanding basketball player. Following high school, he continued to enjoy recreational basketball and had the opportunity on several occasions to play against the famed Harlem Globetrotters. From a young age, he learned carpentry by working alongside his father. Earl spent four years during WWII in the Army Air Corp serving two years in Agra, India, as an aircraft woodworker overseeing the carpentry of Indian laborers. After the war, Earl returned home to Clarkston where he met and married Jean Miller, his beloved wife of 56 years. The couple moved to Seattle where Earl studied architectural drafting at the University of Washington. His early career took them to Walla Walla, WA, and The Dalles, OR, where he participated in the design of Columbia River dam sites. In 1954, they moved to Spokane where Earl spent most of his professional career as an architectural draftsman designing and overseeing construction of many local area schools and churches including Fowler United Methodist Church where he was a member for nearly 60 years. As a proud WWII veteran, a highlight of his life was an Honor Flight trip in 2010 to Washington, DC, to see the memorials to our nation's veterans. Earl was preceded in death by his wife Jean, two sisters, and two brothers. He is survived by his dear sweetheart of 10 years Tillie Walker, three children, Donna (and Clyde) Fuller, Dave Reeves, and Debbie (and Tom) Crocker, two grandsons Alan and Ryan Reeves, granddaughter Calie Reeves, brother Loren Reeves, sister-in-law Joyce Reeves, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Fowler United Methodist Church, 3928 North Howard, on Saturday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m. Private Interment at Fairmount Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Fowler Church.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on Apr. 24, 2013